Readers wanted - (beginner) music theory book

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  • @leepat  Feb 24

    Hi everyone,

    I've got an almost finished 60-page book about (beginner) music theory for songwriters and I'm looking for test readers.

    If you're a beginner, it's a chance to learn a few tricks and shoot back questions that might have remained unanswered.

    If you're an old hand with spare time and good will, it's a chance to point out holes and inaccuracies.

    In both cases, it would mean a lot if you fell asleep before chapter 2.

    On my profile you'll find a few practical studies (with a few yet to come before the end of the month).

    Send me an email if you're game!


  • @dragondreams  Feb 24

    I'm up for helping out. Fairly old hand as well as a trained proof reader. 😊

  • @tunecat  Feb 24

    I can help out too. I am a good proof reader, with a training in teaching English as well as music.

  • @snoozin  Feb 24

    *raises hand....sent you an email.

  • @lcad Feb 24

    Happy to take a look and give feedback. I studied a little theory in college and I've been interested in seeing some formal theory on modern songwriting. would be happy to support this. I'll send you an email, I don't be have contact info up here to reach me.

  • @powerstars Feb 24

    I think I'm down. 😀I'll shoot ya an email later.

  • @leepat  Mar 21

    hi everyone,
    reviving this thread in case there are more people interested.
    @dragondreams @tunecat @snoozin @lcad @powerstars @sunnymae @sph @jwhanberry @sbs2018 - check your email!
    anyone else - send me an email.
    looking forward to hearing from you all!

  • @vomvorton  Mar 21

    Have sent an email, sounds interesting!

  • @mkd  Mar 21

    I’d be interested! Full disclosure, I wrote a music theory book for adult beginners on the harp! (Very specialised, but there was a niche!) I couldn’t see an email address on your profile though...

  • @sph  Mar 21

    Thanks for the link. For now I just read the introduction. Very nice opening

  • @tcelliott  Mar 21

    It's been a couple of decades since I last had a theory class... I'd be up to check it out.

  • @mauramer Mar 21

    I'm interested! Will email you now.

  • @toms  Mar 21

    Sounds cool.

  • @zecoop  Mar 22

    Sent you an e-mail. 😀

  • @leepat  Mar 22

    @mkd - it's behind the envelope beneath the picture on the profile:
    Thanks for the interest - your feedback would be all the more valuable!
    Thanks everybody else too! Sending you a link in a few hours...

  • @vomvorton  Mar 22

    I read through the first few chapters yesterday, really like the writing style. Looking forward to putting some of this new knowledge into practice!

  • @siebass  Mar 23

    @leepat I'm a novice to music theory, but if you send me a copy I can give it a read thru for your target audience 😀

    siebassmusic AT gmail DOT com (take that, web crawlers)

  • @leepat  Mar 23

    @siebass indeed I'm very much interested in how it reads for a novice.
    Thanks for the interest - sent you an email.

  • @infilktion Mar 25

    Emailed you.

  • @leepat  Mar 26

    @infilktion - replied 😀

  • @zecoop  Mar 26

    @leepat - Don't think I got an e-mail from you. 😀

  • @leepat  Mar 26

    aw shucks,
    sorry about that @zecoop - I did send one.
    maybe it's in the spam folder?
    I just sent you another email. let me know if it goes through

  • @zecoop  Mar 26

    @leepat - Received - Thanks!! 😀

  • @metalfoot  Mar 26

    @leepat Doing a quick skim (I'm about half-way through), it looks to me like you've got a lot of useful information as to why some of my intuitive tricks (changing majors to minors, occasional diminished, etc) in songwriting work so well. I have studied some music theory but this is a really nice way of laying it out, so far. 😀

  • @siebass  Mar 26

    I'm working through it, I like all of the analogies at the beginning. I'm getting hung up though; I thought I understood but page 4 is confusing me.

    The major third (C--> E) = 4 half steps; I am assuming this would be C#, D, D#, E = 4; but then the next one I get confused.

    The minor third (C--> Eb, D --> F) = 3 half steps. Wouldn't this be C#, D, to D#? Why is this F?

    On page 5 you start talking about tones and semitones, but this appears to be different from steps and half steps, and sharps and flats. What is a tone vs semitone?

    Thanks for putting together the guide, I'm sure I'll have more questions as I work through it.

  • @metalfoot  Mar 26

    @siebass D#=Eb. Also, D-->D#-->E-->F = 3 half-steps

  • @siebass  Mar 26

    @metalfoot Oh, so it's TWO different changes? Is the minor 3rd two notes? I guess I was confused as the others all just showed one movement but the last one shows two, C to Eb and D to F, respectively. Do both notes matter for the minor third?

  • @leepat  Mar 26

    @siebass thanks for pointing out the confusing parts - these are exactly the things i need to fine-tune.

    a (whole) tone is the same as a step
    a semitone = half a step

    they are used to measure the distances between notes.

    so between C and Eb you have the same distance as between D and F = 3 half-steps = 3 semitones - what we call a minor third.

    sharps and flats are just ways to name the black keys on the piano (because only the white keys have been given a letter name).

    so the note between C and D can be called C-sharp (C#) or alternatively D-flat (Db).

    Don't hesitate to bring up any other problems - here or by email.

    Standing by...

  • @dragondreams  Mar 27

    Hi @leepat
    Only just got round to checking my emails! My bad. I'm on the case right this minute. 😀

  • @sunnymae  Mar 27

    Thanks @leepat for the email!! I'm looking forward to a great read. Looks like you've already got you some great feedback.

  • @dragondreams  Mar 29

    I'm about halfway through - and I think it's excellent! I must admit, the C>Eb D>F thing could be confusing if a beginner is using the book without guidance. Just the addition of the word "or" between the two would clear this up. 😀
    I'll email you a more detailed review by the weekend. But overall, I'm very impressed. Actually, no. I LOVE it. It's easy to read and feels very "human" in its style. 😀

  • @bking  Mar 29

    I'm a bit late, bit interested. Sent you email.

  • @leepat  Mar 29

    Thanks for the good words @dragondreams -
    very kind of you!
    Curious how the second half holds up - that's where readers have stumbled so far...
    Can't wait for your full review!

  • @metalfoot  Mar 29

    I need to finish reading, @leepat. Busy week for me but I do hope to finish up and get back to you.

  • @coolparadiso  Mar 30

    im part way through as well- i will finish soon - i am making a list of a few suggestions as i go. its a difficult topic top make simple.

  • @darcistrutt  Apr 2

    I just sent you an email if you're willing to share with another reader.

  • @leepat  Apr 2

    Yes, @darcistrutt , sent you the link.

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